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Black Desert Online #4: The Final Straw

By Shamus
on Friday May 11, 2018
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Retrospectives




Black Desert Online #3: But Wait, It’s Worse!

By Shamus
on Thursday May 3, 2018
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Retrospectives




Black Desert Online #2: The Honeymoon is Over

By Shamus
on Thursday Apr 26, 2018
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Retrospectives




Black Desert Online #1: Strange But Cool

By Shamus
on Thursday Apr 19, 2018
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Retrospectives




Wolfenstein II Part 11: Beating a Dead Panzerhund

By Shamus
on Thursday Apr 12, 2018
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Retrospectives




Wolfenstein II Part 10: Party Time

By Shamus
on Thursday Apr 5, 2018
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Retrospectives




Wolfenstein II Part 9: Mister Hitler

By Shamus
on Thursday Mar 29, 2018
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Retrospectives




Wolfenstein II Part 8: Horton’s Heroes

By Shamus
on Thursday Mar 22, 2018
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Retrospectives




Wolfenstein II Part 7: Dream Sequence

By Shamus
on Thursday Mar 15, 2018
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Wolfenstein II Part 6: Imprisoned in a Cutscene

By Shamus
on Thursday Mar 8, 2018
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Wolfenstein II Part 5: Tower Defense

By Shamus
on Thursday Mar 1, 2018
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Retrospectives




Wolfenstein II Part 4: Empire State

By Shamus
on Thursday Feb 22, 2018
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Retrospectives




Wolfenstein II Part 3: Legacy Problems

By Shamus
on Thursday Feb 15, 2018
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Retrospectives




Wolfenstein II Part 2: Broken Technology

By Shamus
on Thursday Feb 8, 2018
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Retrospectives




Wolfenstein II Part 1: Introduction

By Shamus
on Thursday Feb 1, 2018
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Retrospectives




Diablo III Part 3: The “Story”

By Shamus
on Thursday Jul 6, 2017
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Retrospectives




Diablo III Part 2: The Gameplay

By Shamus
on Thursday Jun 29, 2017
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Retrospectives




Diablo III Part 1: The Legacy of Diablo

By Shamus
on Thursday Jun 22, 2017
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Retrospectives




The Blistering Stupidity of Fallout 3, Part 5

By Shamus
on Thursday Jun 25, 2015
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Retrospectives




The Blistering Stupidity of Fallout 3, Part 4

By Shamus
on Sunday Jun 21, 2015
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Retrospectives




The Blistering Stupidity of Fallout 3, Part 3

By Shamus
on Thursday Jun 18, 2015
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Retrospectives




The Blistering Stupidity of Fallout 3, Part 2

By Shamus
on Saturday Jun 13, 2015
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Retrospectives




The Blistering Stupidity of Fallout 3, Part 1

By Shamus
on Wednesday Jun 10, 2015
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Retrospectives




Good to be the King?

Which would you rather be: A king in the middle ages, or a lower-income laborer in the 21st century?

 

Mass Effect Retrospective

A novel-sized analysis of the Mass Effect series that explains where it all went wrong. Spoiler: It was long before the ending.

 

Fixing Match 3

For one of the most popular casual games in existence, Match 3 is actually really broken. Until one developer fixed it.

 

Self-Balancing Gameplay

There's a wonderful way to balance difficulty in RPGs, and designers try to prevent it. For some reason.

 

Quakecon 2012 Annotated

An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.

 

Batman: Arkham City

A look back at one of my favorite games. The gameplay was stellar, but the underlying story was clumsy and oddly constructed.

 

DM of the Rings

Both a celebration and an evisceration of tabletop roleplaying games, by twisting the Lord of the Rings films into a D&D game.

 

Crash Dot Com

Back in 1999, I rode the dot-com bubble. Got rich. Worked hard. Went crazy. Turned poor. It was fun.

 

Secret of Good Secrets

Sometimes in-game secrets are fun and sometimes they're lame. Here's why.

 

Quakecon 2011 Keynote Annotated

An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.

 

Steam Summer Blues

This mess of dross, confusion, and terrible UI design is the storefront the big publishers couldn't beat? Amazing.

 

Bad and Wrong Music Lessons

A music lesson for people who know nothing about music, from someone who barely knows anything about music.